On June 21, 2017 the Fire Sprinkler system installed at Dearhaven Day Care prevented a potential tragedy. The daycare, located on 1100 Westmorland Drive in Lake Forest, hosts 140 children, ranging from newborns to toddlers, as well as 37 staff members.
A fire broke out in a staff break room adjacent to the infant classrooms. As a sprinkler head activated, all children were immediately evacuated by staff to a nearby fitness center. The single sprinkler head was able to extinguish the fire. The unaffected portion of the building was back in service within two hours, and the children were able to enjoy lunch and nap time without further interruption. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire department’s preliminary estimates put the damage at $5,000. Due to the quick response of the firefighters, staff, and successful sprinkler activation there were no injuries to children, emergency personnel, or civilians.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but we applaud the Dearhaven Day Care Staff and administration for taking all necessary steps to prepare for emergencies. Their choice to install a fire sprinkler system helped protect the children they are trusted to shelter. This is a good day for firefighters, fire sprinklers, and for responsible communities.